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Angela Davis to Speak During the Annual Women's History Month Celebration
March 21, 2012

. – Iconic political activist, scholar and author Angela Davis will join other powerful female leaders for the third annual Women’s History Month Celebration at Florida A&M University (FAMU) from March 26 through March 31. This six-day “Young, Gifted, and Black” conference is sponsored by the FAMU Student Government Association, FAMU Women’s Health Center and the FAMU Student Health Services.
All events are free, open to the public and will include the following: interactive lectures; a health and wellness expo; an awards ceremony recognizing female students at FAMU Developmental Research School; and the inaugural Legends Ball, which will honor five FAMU women instrumental in campus activism.
“In observing the month of March as Women’s History Month, as well as the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness observance, I think it is important that FAMU acknowledge both past and present accomplishments of women of color as we prepare for a bright future through education, community service and maintaining our health,” said Yolanda K.H. Bogan, prinicipal investigator for the FAMU Women’s Center.

According to the campus organizer, Eric Wright, the goal of this conference is “to uplift the women of FAMU by connecting them to a movement inspired by a time when African Americans affirmed each other, depended on and loved one another, and uplifted one another.”
“When Nina Simone sung the lyrics to ‘To Be Young, Gifted and Black,’ she gave a generation hope,” said Wright, a graduate assistant for FAMU’s Women’s Center.  “In my mind, those words are needed now more than ever.”

The scheduled events are as follows:

Monday, March 26
6:30 p.m.
Black Power Mixtape
Jones Hall, Room 109

The Black Power Mixtape is a special viewing of a 16mm film by Swedish filmmakers chronicling the evolution of the Black Power movement. The film features a mosaic of images, music and narration. It also includes candid interviews with Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, Stokely Carmichael and Kathleen Cleaver. Questlove and Om’Mas Keith provide the music. Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli and Melvin Van Peebles provide commentary.

Tuesday, March 27
6:30 p.m.
Things Mama Never Told Me
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium

Relationship expert Dr. Julia Hare and AIDS activist Rae Lewis-Thorton will lead a candid discussion on sex, gender and violence. Hare has appeared on several television programs offering her expertise and insights on male/female relationships, gender interactions in the workplace, mate selection, toxic relationships and matrimonial harmony. Rae Lewis-Thornton leads her own unending crusade to educate and challenge young and old audiences to take control of their own bodies, futures and health. She uses her life as an example that AIDS is a non-discriminatory disease.

Wednesday, March 28
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Body & Soul: A Health and Wellness Expo
FAMU Hansel Tookes Sr. Student Recreation Center    

This interactive expo will feature life coaching, health and beauty tips, natural hair care, African yoga and Tai Chi.

Thursday, March 29
7 p.m.
All Black Everything: An Evening with Dr. Angela Davis
Lee Hall Auditorium

Davis is the author of eight books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America. In recent years, a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She works with Justice Now, which provides legal assistance to women in prison and engages in advocacy for the abolition of imprisonment as the dominant strategy for addressing social problems.

Friday, March 30
FAMU Girls Rock!
The Set

Award ceremony honoring FAMU DRS female students for their contributions in community service, academic scholarship and exemplary personal conduct.

Saturday, March 31
6:30 p.m.
Legends Ball
Grand Ballroom

The inaugural “Legend’s Ball” will honor five FAMU women who have exemplified the highest standard of community activism. Space is limited. Reserve tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com by Friday, March 23.

For more information about the third annual Women’s History Month Celebration, contact the Women’s Health Center at (850) 412-6510.


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